As in Thomas Boswell’s collection of columns, Why Time Begins on Opening Day (The Penquin sports library).
So, believe it or not, the new baseball season is finally here. Ryan Braun walked twice and scored a run to help the Brewers take a 4-1 lead over the host Cinn. Reds in the top of the fourth. Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez homered back-to-back in the first; what a way to start.
That’s one of just six games taking place today. Jason Marquis did not get the OD start for the Washington Nationals. And in some potentially sad news, the LA Dodgers cut Gabe Kapler yesterday.
“We just ran out of 40-man roster spots,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said, indicating Kapler was a player the club wanted to keep.
[Field manager Don] Mattingly echoed that sentiment.
“It was tough with Kap,” Mattingly said. “He is such a guy you would love to have on a club. We looked at some different scenarios with Gabe as a part of this club and talked about some different things happening. The only thing that made it any easier was that we have been up front with Gabe from the very beginning. As we said we wanted to do, we tried to keep him informed of things that were happening.”
The 35-year-old Kapler, who spent last season with the Tampa Bay Rays, will take some time to decide whether to accept a minor league assignment, try to find a spot as a free agent — difficult at this point — or retire.
Other MOTS on big league rosters include:
- Ike Davis, Mets
- Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox; Ryan Kalish was sent to Pawtucket last week.
- Sam Fuld, Tampa Bay Rays
- Danny Valencia, Twins
- Craig Breslow, A’s
- Ian Kinsler, Rangers; Scott Feldman is out indefinitely as he recovers from knee surgery
- John Grabow, Cubs